Thank you for contacting the Friends of Fourth Ward! With the Holiday Home Tour quickly upon us, our volunteers are busy making preparations, so it may be difficult for us to answer your emails while we are on site. In the meantime, please read below for answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions. We’re pretty sure you’ll find what you need below, especially in questions 1 and 2.
Are you really sold out?
Yes, we really are! In order to create a memorable experience for our guests, and take care of our vendors and homeowners, we have a limited number of tickets available each year. We have completely, 100%, sold out for 2017. But please join us Dec. 7-9, 2018 for our 41st Annual Holiday Home Tour, or in May for the Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward tour!
I bought a ticket online, but did not receive a confirmation email.
If you purchased tickets online, you have been automatically entered into our Will Call system, so you can simply check in at the Ticket Booth at 9th & Poplar Streets during tour hours, and you will be good to go! As long as your purchase went through on your credit/debit card, we have you in the system.
I purchased tickets online, but lost my receipt.
No worries! See the answer above, as the Will Call system has you covered!
I purchased tickets online, but never received paper tickets by mail.
We do not send paper tickets by mail, but rather, use the Will Call system mentioned in the first answer above. You’re good to go!
A few other tips for happy touring:
Please, no heels. Aging hardwoods in historic homes don’t enjoy thousands of spiked heels.
Homeowners may ask that you place protective booties over your shoes, or that you remove your shoes.
The tour is self-guided. When you check in at the ticket booth, we will give you a guidebook that contains everything you need to know: maps, tour stops, home descriptions, coupons for neighboring businesses, etc.
Tickets are good for any day, but you may only visit each location once. Some folks find it fun to break the tour up over 2 days, visiting some of the homes and restaurants on one day, and the rest on a subsequent day. But remember, only one visit per location.
This year’s tour features 6 privately-owned homes that reflect a variety of design styles, as well as the owners’ personal expressions of the holiday season. On Friday & Saturday nights, we also have docent-led tours & live music at the First United Methodist Church on Tryon Street. And on Sunday only, tours of the Historic McNinch House Restaurant and private living quarters upstairs.
Children who cannot be carried require a ticket.
Public restrooms are available for customers at our participating restaurants (see guidebook), and at the portable toilets in the Edwin Towers parking lot, across from the Ticket Booth at 9th & Poplar Streets.
Parking can be challenging in this urban environment. On-street parking is free, but is quite limited, and only available on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional real-time parking information in parking decks uptown, this link can be helpful: http://www.charlottecentercity.org/transportation/parking/. We also highly recommend traveling uptown by light rail, and using the 7th Street Station stop at the 7th Street Public Market.
All tour stops are within walking distance of each other. The tour is self-guided, so the amount of time it takes to complete the entire tour depends upon how much time you linger at various stops, and/or take advantage of other tour perks. We estimate that the tour will take between 2 and 3 hours to complete.
We partner with a number of our favorite restaurants to provide a “complimentary small bite” to tour-goers. We hope you will also choose to spend additional time with them. Have fun, order a drink, and enjoy exploring our favorite neighborhood places!
Thank you again for your interest in Fourth Ward, and we will respond to you as quickly as possible. We hope you enjoy the 40th Annual Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour!